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Tarryl L. Clark

Statement about running for governor: In the past, Clark has said “I’m not ruling anything out” when it comes to running for governor.

Tarryl L. Clark

Statement about running for governor: In the past, Clark has said “I’m not ruling anything out” when it comes to running for governor. — HometownSource.com, June 11, 2009.

But more recently, she has indicated she may run for Congress in the 6th District instead, issuing this statement: “Sen. Clark is not ready to formally announce her candidacy for Congress from the Sixth District, but recently she has spent a great deal of time meeting with political leaders and key donors in the Sixth and across the state. She’s been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support she’s received. She knows how important it is to make a decision soon and wants to hit the ground running if she decides to run. She’ll formally announce her decision in the near future.” — MinnPost, July 15, 2009.

Clark posts a clear statement on her website that she is running for Congress. — MinnPost, July 29, 2009.


Party: DFL

Current government position: Senator — District 15 and Assistant Majority Leader

Elected: 2005

Term: 2nd

Occupation: Attorney, consultant

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Birth date: July 31, 1961

Home: St. Cloud

Education: B.A., sociology, Drake University; M.Ed., counselor education, Arizona State University; JD, William Mitchell College of Law

Website: Senate profile
 
E-mail: A mail form is here.

Key issues and priorities: By her voting history and the bills she has authored, Sen. Clark has distinguished herself as a proponent for strengthening K-12 education in the state, especially early childhood education.

Political experience: Assistant Majority Leader; Vice Chair of Rules and Administration Committee; Member of E-12 Education Budget Division, Higher Education Budget and Policy Division and Higher Education Committee; Executive Director of Minnesota Community Action Association (1998-2006); Member of Democratic National Committee (2003-2005); Associate Chair of Minnesota State DFL Party (2003-2005).

Background articles:

“Clark’s visibility fuels political speculation”

“Podcast: St. Cloud Senator Tarryl Clark tackles state issues”

“Sen. Tarryl Clark: DFL’s rising star soaks up the spotlight at the Capitol”

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